Disasters, corruption, propaganda and spin
School of Arts and Humanities
In Peoples Republic of China (PRC) there is a shift from information control and suppression to information management, marked by public relations spin. The internet has played a role in this shift and has given the central government in Beijing a window on the activities of provincial governments, enabling authorities in Beijing to reinforce central authority over politics. This paper looks at several case studies of the reporting and management of several incidents where the internet was used by private citizens to air their views or concerns. The examples used illustrate how the internet can be viewed as both liberating and a tool of repression and serve as practical illustrations of the ways in which the management of the internet is used to maintain the authority of the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP).